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Police Officer Curtis Avery Van Derson | Creswell Police Department, Oregon Creswell Police Department, Oregon

Police Officer

Curtis Avery Van Derson

Creswell Police Department, Oregon

End of Watch: Friday, November 5, 1971

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 31

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle

Offender: Released after 14 years

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Officer Curtis Van Derson was shot and killed when he was ambushed while responding to a bank robbery call. He was shot by a suspect armed with a rifle who was in an ambush position across the street from the bank.

The suspect who murdered Officer Van Derson served only 14 years in prison for the murder. He later was convicted of manslaughter for another murder and was again released from prison. In 2008 he was convicted of attempted murder for a plot to murder a Lane County deputy district attorney.

Officer Van Derson was survived by his wife, daughter, and son.

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Uncle Curtis, We think of you often and keep in touch with your family. Your loss had a great impact on your family and you are loved and missed

Milissa Jones
May 15, 2014


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